NOT Seeing is Believing
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
"Prove it," ... those 2 magically manipulative words that have forced kids for decades to push the boundaries of time and space to prove their own value on the schoolyard. As a kid, my friends and I would constantly dare one another to push the other's limits. Defying the permission of our own parents or our own abilities, we'd do seemingly anything once those 2 words were said.
Outrageous claims need to be backed up! They are simply too unbelievable to be taken at face value and thus anyone making such a claim had better be able to offer proof for such a statement,...or at least that's the way we typically approach others. How often do we approach the Lord this way as well? The above verses express that true faith is our hope on display in what is yet to happen. Trusting that God will always work circumstances"for the good of those that love Him according to His will."
So often though, we desire to reverse the order of Psalm 37:5... like a child asking his friend to "prove it," we expect God to act first then we'll trust and commit. Yet, the psalmist was intentional in asking us to commit first to the Lord, in doing so, our faith in an all powerful God gets engaged on a supernatural level rather than simply settling for a natural one. We get outside our tendency to require proof to earn our commitment. Do you trust Him? Are you committed even if you don't know fully what that means for your future? This is faith! And, we are to walk by faith, so today brother/sister walk by faith trusting God by committing to Him on something practical in your life that you have no answer for. One that you are painfully uncertain about, and just committed to be obedient to God through it, with no assurances on the front end other than that of what He has already promised. You can do it. Amen.